Roger Mann, Owner, Chris Hemsworth, Head Chef, And James Platford, General Manager Of Twine & Barrel.

Twine & Barrel, a bar and restaurant in the village of Dunnington, on the A1079 just outside York, has reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown with a brand new team and newly landscaped garden.

With seating for 70 on benches arranged 2 metres apart, festoon lighting and table service, the garden, which is accessible without having to go inside, is already proving popular with diners for lunch and summer evenings dining.

Joining the team are Head Chef, Chris Hemsworth and General Manager, James Platford. With 15 years’ experience, Chris worked alongside Gordon Ramsay at the Savoy Grill in London and specialises in fine dining and grill cookery. Passionate about using fresh, local produce, he has created a new summer menu featuring light and refreshing ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

James is an experienced bar and pub manager, having previously managed the famous London pub, The Windsor Castle in Kensington. He loves traditional British cooking which combines flavours and ingredients from across the globe and with a keen interest in craft and cask beer he is set to create an extensive bar menu at Twine & Barrel.

Chris Hemsworth, Head Chef, commented: “Since joining Twine & Barrel myself and the team have been busy creating a menu that our guests will enjoy whether they’re joining us for a relaxed mid-week dinner out in the garden, or a three course Sunday lunch with the family. We’re working really hard to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere where people can forget about the worries of the last few months and relax and enjoy the company of their friends and loved ones with some high quality tasty food and drink that they haven’t had to cook themselves!”

Owners Richard Brosenitz and Roger Mann, both businessmen who have lived locally for many years, opened Twine & Barrel in December 2019 following a £500,000 refurbishment. Their vision is to offer customers from couples to families a high-quality dining experience with a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. They teamed up with local interior designer, Rachel McLane, to create a unique and timeless interior with spacious dining areas and cosy corners.

Roger Mann, Owner, Twine & Barrel said: “We have been really humbled by the support of our customers since reopening post lockdown. It’s been so nice to welcome people back and introduce them to Chris and James and hear their positive feedback on the new menus. We have learnt a lot since our opening back in December last year and whilst Covid-19 has been enormously challenging for everyone involved in the hospitality industry, it has given us time to progress things we might otherwise not have had time for, like the garden. We’re now able to offer our customers a new ‘alfresco’ dining experience and will be adding a new BBQ in the coming weeks.”

The bar and restaurant are open from Wednesday to Sunday offering lunch, light bites, suppers and Sunday lunches all being served alongside an extensive bar menu. Customers will be able to take advantage of the government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme on Wednesdays throughout August with 50% off food up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner.

With a large dedicated private meeting space, an excellent wi-fi connection and a spacious free on-site car parking, Twine & Barrel is an ideal venue for both business meetings and small private gatherings with the required social distancing measures easily in place.

Kate Buckle
Article by Kate Buckle
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